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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Kenneth Branagh (adaptation)
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Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Michael Maloney, Richard Briers, Hetta Charnley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Briers ... Leonato
Kate Beckinsale ... Hero
Imelda Staunton ... Margaret
Jimmy Yuill ... Friar Francis
Brian Blessed ... Antonio
Andy Hockley Andy Hockley ... George Seacole
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Francis Seacole
Conrad Nelson Conrad Nelson ... Hugh Oatcake
Phyllida Law ... Ursula
Emma Thompson ... Beatrice
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ... Messenger
Denzel Washington ... Don Pedro
Keanu Reeves ... Don John
Richard Clifford ... Conrade
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Borachio
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Storyline

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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A romantic comedy for anyone who's ever been in love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mucho ruido y pocas nueces See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,551,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keanu Reeves claimed in an interview on British radio, that during filming, Brian Blessed befriended him, and taught him how to meditate. See more »

Goofs

After Balthazar's song, Benedick leaves his deckchair without folding it properly. In a subsequent shot the chair is folded perfectly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beatrice: Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever. One foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never. Then sigh not so but let them go and be you blithe and bonny, converting all your sounds of woe into hey nonny nonny.
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Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Pardon, Goddess of the Night
(uncredited)
Written by William Shakespeare
Performed by Patrick Doyle
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I am quite confused about the reviews
10 September 2001 | by TheoriginaltruebritSee all my reviews

Personally I loved the movie, from the opening credits to the last brilliant tracking shot. What I do not understand is the dissing of Keanu Reeves' performance. I can just imagine Ken sitting around his kitchen table with his casting director saying "okay we have this brilliant ensemble cast, the movie is going to be great, what can we do to completely screw it up? I know let's cast Keanu Reeves as Don John and completely snarl up the whole thing" Personally I think Keanu made a great villain, and I trust Ken's ability in casting to choose the perfect actor for the part. I do not think that in reality that Ken would cast someone so hopelessly inept as others have posted in a part that is so essential to the plot. (and don't give me the star power excuse cause they already had Denzel Washington)..., I have always said that Shakespere done right is brilliant.. (done poorly it is pathetic) and this is Shakespere done right in the purest sense of the term. To listen to Ken and Em deliver Shakespere's lines is to listen to them as they would have been spoken and acted when they were written. It is a revelation and pure joy.


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